According to a study by the Madrid Society of Veterinarians, the sales of dogs and cats in shops has decreased by 10% over the last ten years and the number of pets adopted has increased. Also the tradition of giving a pet as a gift dropped considerably between 2007 and 2017 which has direct consequences for the number of dogs and cats abandoned.
What is also striking is that the giving of a dog or cat as a gift fell significantly from 34.2% in 2007 to 25.2% in 2017. The main reason for purchasing or taking in a dog or cat is because the people love animals (48.4%) followed by wanting an animal as a companion to take away loneliness (18.7%) and the fact that the children wanted to have a dog or cat is also a motive for having a pet ( 9.6%). In 6.2% of cases, the adopted pet is abandoned or killed, while in 5.4% of these cases a pet was given as a gift.
22,400 veterinarians can be found in Spain, a number which is much too high according to the European norm, which this is linked to GDP. According to the EU, there should be 12,994 where there is a "surplus" of 9,409 veterinarians in Spain.
Source: Written by Remco Stoffer on behalf of SpainSites.nl.